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COVID-19 Update on the AGA Symposium - March 10

We are monitoring the situation as the health and safety of our attendees remains our top priority. We are currently assessing our agreements with the conference center and other parties and the governing council is actively discussing the options. We plan to have a firm decision about whether to postpone (not cancel) the Symposium on or before March 31.

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Indirect genetic effects (IGE) are genetic effects of an individual on the trait values of other individuals in the same species.  These effects are also known as social genetic effects and associative genetic effects.  IGE provides a unifying framework for traditional quantitative genetics, maternal and paternal genetic effects, inclusive fitness, and multilevel selection.

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Presidents' Symposia Issues




Watch for the 2019 Symposium issue in 2021




And check out our previous President's Symposia issues, freely available online:

AGA2017:  Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics in the Wild - President Anne Bronikowski

AGA2016:  Local Adaptation - President Lynda Delph

AGA2015:  Chromosome Evolution - President Katie Peichel

AGA2014:  Evolution and Plasticity - President Robin Waples

AGA2013:  Speciation Continuum - President Kerry Shaw


The 2020 Special Event Awards round is now closed

Award recipients will be announced on April 1st.

New Deadline for the 2020 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards

The AGA grants EECG Research Awards to graduate and post-doctoral researchers who are at a critical point in their research, where additional funds would allow them to conclude their research project and prepare it for publication.

The 2020 EECG application deadline is Friday, December 13, 2019.

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Did you publish in Journal of Heredity this past year?

The Stephen J. O'Brien Award for the best student paper published in AGA's Journal of Heredity includes a cash prize of $2,000.

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2020 Special Event Awards

8 courses and workshops receive funding

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2020 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards

Seven students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects

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2020 Stephen J O’Brien Award

Best student-authored article by Marshall Wedger

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2019 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards

Eight students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects

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2019 Special Event Awards

8 courses and workshops receive funding

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2019 Stephen J O'Brien award

Best student-authored article by William J. Gammerdinger

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2018 Ecological, Evolutionary and Conservation Genomics (EECG)

Seven students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects

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2018 Stephen J O'Brien award

Best student-authored article by Frances Clark

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2018 Special Event Awards

4 courses and workshops receive funding

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New blog post: Will the South China tiger make its way back to the wild again?

Dr. Caitlin Curry explains Zhang et al.'s recent JHered Editor's Choice article on the AGA blog

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New blog post: Where do wood frogs go when there’s no wood?

University of Alabama at Birmingham's Elise Keister explains Dr. Jared Homola et al.’s recent Journal of Heredity paper on the AGA blog

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New blog post: The dichotomy in the diversity of vertebrate sex chromosome systems

AGA EECG award and Stephen J. O'Brien Award winner Dr. Will Gammerdinger explains the dichotomy in the diversity of vertebrate sex chromosome systems.

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New blog post: Pelagic to coastal: the expansion of bottlenose dolphins

Learn about Milaja Nykänen et al.'s Journal of Heredity study on postglacial colonization of northern coastal habitat by bottlenose dolphins in the latest AGA blog post by Raven Edwards, University of Alabama at Birmingham M.S. student

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New blog post: Well-behaved cicadas, messy symbionts: an audio story about cicada mitochondrial genomes

Listen to our latest blog post, an audio story about Dr. Piotr Lukasik et al.’s research on cicada mitochondrial genomes and cicadas’ symbionts!

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New blog post: In a naturally-replicated experiment, cacti and flies stick together

Learn about the fascinating world of cactus-loving Drosophila species, which was the topic of Journal of Heredity's special issue in January!

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We have a blog!

Check out our new blog—the first post is in celebration of Darwin Day.

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OUP Blog on Giant Galapagos Tortoises

Hot off the press!
And all three articles by these authors in JHered 109-6 are freely available for the next 3 weeks!

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Humans are Sumatran rhinos biggest threat -- and last hope

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photo by Dave Jenike, Cincinnati Zoo

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Pangolin Phylogeny Helps Save Them from Extinction

Read the JHered article by Gaubert et al. for free:

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This collection arose from an AGA-sponsored workshop held at Arizona State University. Melissa Wilson Sayres, Guest Editor.

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Invasive Lionfish May Be Superfish Hybrids

Read the JHered article by Wilcox, Motomura, Matsunuma, and Bowen here:

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Interspecies Hybrids Play a Vital Role in Evolution

Bill Murphy, our EIC, is one of the authors of this fascinating article in Science Advances. Also an author on the snow leopard article that features on our most recent cover. Interested in wildlife hybridization studies? JHered has heaps!…

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Planning this Fall's Genetics / Genomics / Evolution course?

Check out our free reviews and perspectives!

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AGA members receive 20% off OUP academic titles

Mark Kirkpatrick, the 2015 AGA Distinguished Key Lecturer, has coauthored the new edition of Evolution. This is one of the many textbooks and other academic titles available at a discount to AGA members. Join today!

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Call for Papers for Journal of Heredity!

1. Next Generation Phylogeography & Phylogenomics
2. Genome Mapping and Genome Evolution in Non-Model Organism
3. Bioinformatics

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How many angelfish dance in the sea?

FREE from Journal of Heredity: DiBattista et al. 2016 found discordance between genetic divergence and color-based taxonomy in the pygmy angelfish Centropyge flavissima complex. In a Letter in the current JHered issue, Delrieu-Trottin et al. offer another take on the number of distinct species in this complex. In response, DiBattista et al. argue their position on the 'devilish taxonomy' of these angels.

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Genetics show that the Florida kingsnake is really 3 species

Read the JHered article by Krysko et al. FOR FREE

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New Journal of Heredity Website

We are very pleased that OUP has completely modernized our Journal of Heredity website. However, there are inevitably a few glitches - in our case, some articles did not come across from the old website, particularly from 2014 and 2015. If you are searching for an article that has disappeared, please contact Anjanette Baker, Managing Editor, agajoh(at), and I will send you the PDF.

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This issue includes research and review articles from President Katie Peichel's 2015 AGA Symposium, 'Chromosome Evolution: Molecular Mechanisms & Evolutionary Consequences'

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Researchers chart advances in marine mammal genetic sequencing

Online news outlet highlights our Invited Review by Cammen et al. Read it for free:

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Are Mendel’s Data Reliable?

On this sesquicentennial anniversary of the publication of Mendel's seminal work, our Council member (and pea geneticist) Norm Weeden examines the veracity of his data in this Perspective. FREE ONLINE ACCESS

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Nocturnal, flightless, endangered 'owl parrot'

A new JHered study has found European colonisation in New Zealand is to blame for a decline in kākāpō numbers.
photo credit Andrew Digby, NZ Dept of Conservation

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We welcome new Associate Editors

Dr Kimberly R Andrews and Dr Floyd A Reed (USA), Prof Xuhua Xia (Canada) and Dr Shu-Jin Luo (China) have recently joined our Editorial Board.

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FREE Perspective article on the new Lagomorph Genomics Consortium

Latest issue of the Journal now online, including our latest Genome Consortium white paper

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The 3 domains of conservation genetics

Boldly visualized by Brian Bowen with an Orlog metaphor, wherein the actions of the past and present influence future outcomes. FREE online

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Two FREE ACCESS feline articles in this issue

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OPEN ACCESS Perspective article

OPEN ACCESS Perspective article on black-footed ferret cloning by our AE and AGA Council member Oliver Ryder and others.

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Finding the 'conservación' in conservation genetics

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Rare white whale sighted

For the first time, The Australian white whale Migaloo has been seen in NZ waters. Migaloo has a tyrosinase gene mutation, as described in Journal of Heredity here:
This article is freely available to read and download.

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Southeast Alaska wolves — Subspecies or not?

Further debate from experts on wolves in Southeastern Alaska and Mexico. TODAY in Journal of Heredity

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Penguins come together

Why are previously isolated little blue penguin colonies now mixing it up?

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Editor's Choice Free Access

In this issue: Problems and Cautions With Sequence Mismatch Analysis and Bayesian Skyline Plots to Infer Historical Demography. Invited Review from Stewart Grant. Coupling population history with climate change is essential for constructing evolutionary and biogeographic scenarios that illuminate the mechanisms shaping species’ diversity.

But molecular clocks calibrated with phylogenetic divergences can overestimate the timings of population-level events. Overestimates disconnect historical population reconstructions from climatic history and confound our understanding of the factors influencing genetic variability.

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How many types of tigers are there?

The newly published article by international authors including our Review Editor, Steve O'Brien, is freely available to read and download from Journal of Heredity.

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Announcing the newly elected AGA President and Council:
President: Kelly Zamudio
Council: Ken Olsen, Jeff Good, & Elizabeth Alter

A total of 133 ballot papers were entered out of a total electorate of 516 (nearly 26%). Thanks to all who ran & voted!

Save the Date for AGA2020!

The 2020 AGA President's Symposium will be about Genes as Environment: Indirect Genetic Effects in Evolution, Agriculture, and Medicine. It will be held on May 31–June 2 in Snowbird, Utah.

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Announcing the newly elected 2019 AGA President and Council:

President: Kim Hughes
Council: Mike Schwartz, Carol Lee, Gina Baucom

A total of 105 ballots were cast from a membership of 435 (24%). Thank you to all who ran and all who voted!

ReGeneC Workshop, Bolivia, 14-28 January 2018

The 12th conservation genetics workshop for South American students, 'New challenges in the Anthropocene'. AGA has sponsored students for all 12!

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Statement of the Council of the American Genetic Association

The mission of the American Genetic Association is to encourage the study of comparative genetics and genomics, and to promote the application of genetic and genomic methods to the documentation, conservation, and management of organismal diversity. We are committed to accomplishing this mission together with the most inclusive group of members and contributors possible, unrestricted by race, gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliation, or background. We have worked and will continue to work to broaden participation in this field to reflect the diversity of our broader community. We adamantly oppose any forms of discrimination, and we enthusiastically support the dissemination of peer-reviewed scientific research results to other scientists and the public at large. If any of our members have ideas they would like to share on how we can further achieve this mission, without the influence of politics, we welcome them to do so by contacting your representatives in our society-- the officers and council members:

AGA supports ConGen for its 20th year

A great interview with Journal of Heredity Associate Editor Taras Oleksyk on the training on conservation geneticists at the annual ConGen workshops.

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Just in time for Christmas

AGA members - Get 20% off all genetics & genomics titles in OUP's catalog. Visit the Genetics gateway page (click on Learn More...) and use the code 29300 at checkout.

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Upcoming Special Events

July 26 to 31, 2015: 8th International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution

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New Organization Brings Together Top Researchers to Sequence the Genomes of Invertebrates

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Pop Quiz: what creatures make up more than 70% of the approximately 1.9 million described species on earth and have long served as model organisms in many areas of biology? If you guessed invertebrates, you’re right!

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